Removing VapoRub from a Plastic Bowl?

This is a page about removing VapoRub from a plastic bowl. Dawn dish soap or a long soak in vinegar and water may help clean the bowl. However, you may not want to reuse the bowl for food in the future. Plastic is very porous and you may be unable to clean the bowl thoroughly enough for it to be safe.



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April 29, 2017

How do you remove VapoRub from around a plastic bowl? It was used it to relieve congestion by steaming your chest?


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April 30, 20171 found this helpful
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Pour small amount of Dawn liquid directly into bowl - spread it around on all surfaces and let site for 15-30 minutes - add small amount of water and rub with a scrubber of some sort (or stiff brush). Rinse thoroughly several times and check bowl for odor and feel. You can place this bowl in the sunshine and spray water several times an hour to finish the job.


There are other products (Soft Scrub, Bar Keepers Friend, both without bleach) but you should act quickly with these and not let stand for very long. Remember that plastic is very porous, so I recommend not using bleach to clean your container. Once bleach is used, plastic container stains will be worse and almost impossible to remove.
Regular soaking in vinegar and water will help to keep containers fresh and keep stains to a minimum.

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April 29, 20170 found this helpful

Wash it with blue Dawn

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Goo Gone or Dawn will do the trick :)

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soak overnight covered in 1/4cup vinegar to each gallon of water-then wash as usual

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My husband retired from a chemical plant where this product was made. He says this bowl needs to be dedicated for this purpose only in the future or throw it away. Due to some of the ingredients in it, it should never be used for food in the future, despite how clean you think you have it.


It isn't the "active ingredients" that are bad, but the 'inactive ingredients". In fact, he won't even use it. It does contain petroleum and turpentine oil, among other chemicals.

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Would blue down work in a metal pot? I dont want to take the nonstick coating off?

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